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GOP shouldn’t block special election

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A three-judge federal panel has delivered, to no one’s surprise, an expected order that North Carolina must push ahead with a special election in 2017. The election comes as a result of an earlier ruling ordering new legislative maps to be drawn by March 28 for new districts. Any districts…

Why Democrats dominate NC governor’s races

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist The election of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper should surprise no one. During the past 100 years, no state in the continental United States has elected more Democratic chief executives or fewer Republican governors than North Carolina. North Carolina has elected three GOP governors during the past…

A quaint political reunion recalls ‘career education’

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FERREL GUILLORY Guest Columnist On the day before the General Assembly convened this week to launch the 2017-18 legislative cycle, 50 or so people gathered over lunch in downtown Raleigh for a charmingly unusual campaign reunion. They assembled to remember and celebrate the campaign of the candidate, not who won,…

Swan song from a ‘reluctant’ hawk

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GENE HEALY Guest Columnist President Barack Obama delivered his farewell address to a capacity crowd in Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center. It’s the right venue for the speech, the president explained, because Chicago is “where my career in public service began.” Indeed, it’s the city where, as a young state…

Cooper should work to expand Medicaid

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Sometimes a leader has to do what needs to be done and ask permission later. That’s the course Gov. Roy Cooper is taking with Medicaid expansion. It’s making legislative leaders furious. Well, tough. Cooper is trying to do exactly what needs to be done — what Gov. Pat McCrory should…

America’s criminal justice system is broken

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CHRIS COONS and THOM TILLIS Guest Columnists As a Democrat from Delaware and a Republican from North Carolina, we disagree on plenty of policy issues. You might think that would be especially true of an issue as historically divisive and politically challenging as crime and punishment. That’s not the case.…

North Carolina is no Cuba

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Let me say this with as much tact and respect as I can muster: If you truly believe that the level of democracy in North Carolina is in any way comparable to the level of democracy in Cuba, then you are either 1) an ignoramus, 2)…

Lessons from Tillis for Speaker Moore

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Can lessons learned in a successful effort to provide compensation for victims of state-sponsored sterilization help solve the problem HB2 (the bathroom bill) is causing North Carolina? In his recent book, “Rage to Redemption in the Sterilization Age: A Confrontation with American Genocide,” John Railey, editorial…

Good idea, bad blueprint

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist History is full of good ideas launched with not very good blueprints. Take the airplane. Many early plane designs ended in disaster before aviation tinkerers figured out flight. Go to Youtube and watch. My favorite three are the bicycles with flapping wings, the seven-winger, and…

Obama’s legacy will include failures

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With nine days left in the presidency of Barack Obama, it’s nearly impossible, without deluding oneself, to think that history will be kind to his legacy. After two terms in office, all that the country has to show for Obama’s influence is a healthcare reform law that will almost certainly…